Traditional leadership bill a sly attempt to bypass constitutional rights to land by Aninka Claasens, 1 December 2016

5 January 2017

The Traditional and Khoi-San Leadership Bill before Parliament is dangerous and desperate. It poses a direct threat to the basic rights of the poorest South Africans — the 18-million people living in former homeland areas, where the law would apply — in that it seeks to legalise a version of unilateral chiefly authority that Parliament and the Constitutional Court have rejected.

Free higher education won’t magically improve access by P. Pratap Kumar (The Conversation), 15 November 2016

22 November 2016

Many academics, including myself, have explored why free higher education is not economically viable in South Africa.

Money is not the only issue, though. Quality also matters. And the two go hand in hand. Students have hastened to conflate free education and access to quality education. But introducing free university education will not magically grant students access to quality education, nor employment in the marketplace. There’s a lot of work to be done to achieve this. And in my view this should take precedence over doing away with university fees.

Why We Need Empathy in the Age of Trump by Jeremy Adam Smith, 11 November 2016

14 November 2016

The election of Barack Obama marked the emergence of the Tea Party, a radical right-wing movement that challenged the Republican establishment and ultimately fueled the rise of Donald Trump.

Where did the Tea Party come from? That’s the question renowned sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild set out to explore in her new book, Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right.

Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Africa is likely to be: ‘Where’s that?’ by Peter Vale (The Conversation), 09 November 2016

10 November 2016

Africa is likely to slide down the list of foreign policy priorities of a Donald Trump administration. This is because America’s foreign policy is determined by both domestic and foreign issues.

Breaking the university impasse: time to put plans and research into action by Shireen Motala (The Conversation), 23 October 2016

24 October 2016

Task teams, ministerial committees, judicial commissions: these are just some of the bodies that have been set up to tackle South Africa’s higher education funding crisis since 2011. They’re headed by vice chancellors, retired judges, leading business people and in one instance, South Africa’s deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Black Wednesday: A Prison Diary by Terrence Tryon (The Con), 19 October 2016

20 October 2016

On 19 October 1977 the apartheid government banned 18 organisations, including:

Black People’s Convention

South African Students Movement

Union of Black Journalists

Black Women’s Federation

South African Students Organisation

Soweto Teachers Action Committee

The Christian Institute

Soweto Students Representative Council

Reborn in death by Mondli Makhanya (City Press), 16 October 2016

17 October 2016

The voice on the other side of the phone was crackling with fear:

“UFezeka lona. Lestory enesibhalayo asilona iqiniso. Amanga wodwa [This is Fezeka. The story you are about to write is not true. It is a total lie].”

The hysterical person went on to insist that Jacob Zuma had not raped her and if the Sunday Times published the story, she would sue our heads off.

After a long and rapid monologue in which she stressed that no rape charge bearing her name existed, she eventually let me get a word in.